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post #1 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Considering Horse Training as a Career.

Hey, I was talking to a friend the other day about horses, as I was schooling her horse for her. She said that I would be a good horse trainer, and as I though about it I realized I really want to become one. I'm only 13 now, but I want to know how I could get into the horse training career? Any Advice will be GREATLY appreciated! I know NOTHING!!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:42 PM
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first you would need to decide, what kind of training and then If you can some how team up with an existing trainer, you can learn alot them.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:42 PM
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I have 3 suggestions for you.
1) volunteer at your local horse rescues, the small ones that need help and can let you get hands on with the horses. Learn everything you can from them, not just about training but about care and nutrition - as SO many behavioral problems are often caused by improper care/tack or improperly balanced nutrition. Spend as much time as you can at the rescue learning every detail of everything you can.
2) Go to your local library/book store and read every book you can find on horse training, google the trainers that seem to agree with you, the ones who have that 'ring of truth' to them, and learn more about them and their styles. Practice some of the skills you learn, the rescues will probably help teach you while you practice them. Get books on dog training too, and books on how children learn. We all learn a little differently but there are some fundamentals that apply to us all. Such as the 4 ways of learning:
1- Negative punishment (The addition of something negative for doing something bad - EX: a spanking for being bad)
2- Negative reinforcement (the removal of something negative for doing something right EX: the removal of pressure)
3- Positive punishment (The removal of something good for being bad EX: removing the food if the horse gets too pushy for it)
4- Positive reinforcement (The addition of something positive for doing something right EX: Giving a treat for the right behavior - clicker training)

and finally
3) Intern with trainers! There are lots of trainers all around, they may want you to be older before they'd allow you to intern with them, until then get as much knowledge as you can from the rescues and books. Some will allow you to come with them and watch them train, some will let you get hands on, others will let you train horses under their guidance. Intern with as many different trainers as you can so you can develop diverse skills.

Remember horses are the loves of our lives, enjoy every minute you have with them! Don't expect to make much money, it's not a money making business, do it cause you love it and for no other reason :)
Good luck!!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:44 PM
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Get on working with a trainer, and then decide if you want that to be your life.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:44 PM
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A horse trainer is a good career if you like being with other people's horses all the time and not having much money.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-01-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to the people who have already responded! I know that I would not make much money, but I love them! I could always marry money lol. I have a barn next door, and haave lots of hands on expirience, but all of you are so helpful! Thanks
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-02-2012, 12:32 AM
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In the words of Bocephus, you can't fake it if you're gonna make it. You've gotta live it.

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-02-2012, 01:24 PM
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Wouldn't we all like to marry money? LOL!
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-02-2012, 01:31 PM
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Don't plan on marrying money, kiddo. Most monied men marry monied women. Very few would bother to marry someone not from their own social status.

Honestly, if you're willing to be poor, never own your own place, don't have anything set aside for retirement so you'll have to work until you die, have no medical insurance, and be crippled up by the time you're in your 50s, then go for it.

It's a hard life and most trainers get out of it at some point, either because they want more out of life, or because they've been hurt so badly they can't continue. The majority of trainers who are rich with rich clientele started with money.

It's a nice dream, but it's not really practical if you plan on having a home and family of your own some day.

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-02-2012, 01:54 PM
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I'd consider another career.

You like horses.....I like horses.......

Let me caution you that things aren't always as the appear. For example, many people think they would like to work from home. The problem with that is......home starts looking a lot like work....and work starts looking a lot like home......Home is your safe place....where you go to enjoy your I like to keep home and work separate as much as possible.

Which leads me to this.....

Often, when you make a career out of the something you like, it becomes work, and quits being fun and exciting some where down the line.

I think if you try to take what you really enjoy, like training horses, and make it a career, then somewhere down the road, you may not like it so much anymore, when the reality of it sets in.

I always wanted to be a game warden. Several years back I had a talk with a game warden that I became friends with. He told me he spent so much time in the woods that the last thing he wanted to do on his days off was be in the woods hunting.

So, you see, he didn't get to do the things he once loved to do because now he hated doing them.

Make sense?

My suggestion, is for you to look at another career so you can afford to have all the fun you want......

Put a lot of effort into your schooling......make the best grades possible so you can get a big, fat, all expenses paid scholarship to an Ivy league school, and when you graduate go and live the American dream.

Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it......not meaning to crush your dream of course, but rather.....trying to give you some insight on how to really keep and enjoy that dream.
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